Post 1: Don’t be afraid of change – embrace, grow and move on – Lizzy Ford

E.Ford – Director of South Birmingham SCITT

Don’t be afraid of change – embrace, grow and move on …
The weather this last week has certainly made the summer holidays fade into
memories and photographs. Despite the wind and rain battering at the
classroom window, the Autumn Term is a fantastic time to embrace change
and celebrate new beginnings in everything we do.

There are always opportunities to celebrate new beginnings. Special times
like; getting married, moving house, having children, caterpillars changing into
butterflies, … the start of a new school year. There are so many things in life
to do, new things, new careers, new adventures, new jobs … it may never
seem the right time for change. And as Fullan (2003) states “change is
messy”. But life is about change and how we deal with it is our choice.

In sociology, ‘social change’ may refer to changes in society, such as women
being given the right to vote. In politics it might be things such as the EU
referendum, the calling of a general election or major government throughout
the world. In science, it may refer to the changes that happen during
metamorphosis. Mathematicians refer to ‘percentage change’ …

Reflecting back on the last 14 years we
couldn’t miss this exciting opportunity by clinging onto the past and starting
conversations with the ‘good old days’.

In June 2017 a situation presented itself to Ninestiles ITT Consortium & BPTP
meaning change was inevitable. Reflecting back on the last 14 years we
couldn’t miss this exciting opportunity by clinging onto the past and starting
conversations with the ‘good old days’. Change and challenges are
unavoidable and vital. Embracing change enables us to grow, better
ourselves and improve our circumstances. Strengthening our partnership with
further Teaching School Alliances (CPTSA & Waverley TSA) we are fuelled
with great ideas of something that is laudable and worthwhile and from the
outset everyone started to put in the extra effort to achieve our new
successes. And so, we officially became South Birmingham SCITT and found
our new home in Solihull, at the Sixth Form College.

As we excitedly embrace our new beginnings we send a very warm welcome
to our new cohort of trainees. Together we will help and support them through
challenges and times of change as they enter the teaching profession. But
they will ultimately know that they are necessary steps of entering such a
fantastic, fulfilling and rewarding career.